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Elderly fraud victim’s daughter condemns crooks who stole his life savings

PUBLISHED: 12:39 06 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:39 06 August 2014

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‘Would they do it to their own grandparents?’ asks daughter of an 86-year-old man scammed out of £9,000...

THE daughter of an elderly man who lost his life savings to fraudsters has hot out at ‘the lowest of the low’ criminal that target vulnerable people.

The North Devon man, 86, lost £9,000 after a telephone swindler impersonating a police officer claimed they had his grandson in custody and he needed to pay the money to have him released.

The victim’s daughter, who has not been named to protect his anonymity, said he had ‘lost trust in everything’ after the cruel hoax.

“At the moment he is okay and coping, but they don’t feel safe in their home,” she told the Gazette.

“I feel sick to my stomach most mornings, thinking ‘gosh, is something going to happen to them today?’ You think they’re safe in their own home when they are not.

“I just wonder whether these people would do it to their own grandparents?”

Police have urged anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101, or in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference CR/092311/14.

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